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Clermont stars support female coach

Clermont Foot's appointment of female coach Helena Costa as manager from next season will "create a buzz and be a unique experience", according to striker Remy Dugimont.

The Ligue 2 side confirmed the appointment of Costa yesterday morning, with the 36-year-old Portuguese leaving her role with the Iran women's side.

A well-respected tactician, Costa has largely managed in the women's game but has history in the men's too, having coached at age-group level for Benfica and scouted for Celtic.

Her appointment is a first in France and Dugimont is looking forward to the new era.

"We learned together this morning," he said when he and his team-mates found out the news.

"We were told the new coach was this lady. It is a surprise, a big surprise, because a lot of names were circulated; all coaches who were more or less unemployed.

"It came out of nowhere and now we have to get to know. It is good, it will create a buzz and will be a unique experience."

Dugimont does not believe Costa's relative lack of experience in the men's game will be a problem, nor does he see issues arising with respect.

"I'm not macho. She has worked in the profession and all the boys know how it works," he added.

"At first it will be a little weird but it will only last a few days. We don't not know how it will happen but if the president has chosen to bring her, we hope it will be okay and I think there are no problems."

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